Strand Theater

1330 E. Washington Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46201

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STRAND THEATRE, Oriental at Washington, Indianapolis, Indiana

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The Strand Theater was built on the site of the old Vista Theater. The Strand opened in 1915 with seating listed at 990 and was part of the Bair Theater chain. The theater went through two organs, the first was a 2 manual Moller and the second a Wurlitzer. The Strand closed in 1955 and the building is now occupied by Printers Supply.

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Sandra Jarvis
Sandra Jarvis on July 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I know this building and is super close to downtown. It is being used by Ivy Tech vocational school for educational purposes (I think). Not the best use BUT at least its still standing. I’d love to bring a buyer to this property, one that would embrace the past use.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on March 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

The building is currently Harvest Moon Hydroponics Indoor Gardening Center.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 6, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Lost Memory’s photo link has gone missing, but I think this is probably the same photo. The description with the photo mistakenly gives the location and history of the other Strand Theatre (the Capitol Theatre,) but the photo has to depict this house at 1330 E. Washington. The Capitol Theatre building was very different.

DavidAE on June 7, 2014 at 4:50 am

Joe, I am not sure how the Indiana Historical Society gets the information they attach to the photos in their collection or how to get them to review it. I hope to find out, because I have found an error in another collection. The volume of photos they are posting, there will be errors.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 7, 2014 at 10:01 am

I noticed a “Contact” link at the bottom of each page of the IHS web site, but my e-mail isn’t working right now and won’t be until I get a new computer set up, so I can’t contact them. Even if I could, I’m not sure they’d fix errors. I contacted the Los Angeles Public Library about several errors in their photo collection several years ago, and the errors are still there.

More institutions should have Flickr accounts like the Library of Congress does. The LOC has gotten a lot of useful information from people posting comments on their photos at Flickr.

rivest266 on October 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm

January 15th, 1916 grand opening ad in photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Mike, the two ads you uploaded today are actually for a different Strand Theatre, located at Washington and Capitol downtown, and listed at Cinema Treasures as the Capitol Theatre. That house was called the Strand for only about eight months, then reverted to its previous name of Park Theatre.

The duplicate names must have caused confusion in 1916, too, as the ad for the downtown Strand in the March 23 issue of The Indianapolis News included this line: “This theater is not connected with or interested in any other Strand Theatre in Indianapolis.”

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